Over 180 chefs are cooking up discounted dinners, but will you go?
March 10, 2014
We often hear folks begrudge the slim pickings of the Westchester dining scene, but there’s a lot more here than many might think. Truck in Bedford. Savona in Scarsdale. Underhill Crossing in Bronxville. Juniper in Hastings. This week marks the beginning of the fourteen day Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, running March 10th through the 23rd. More than 180 restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley are offering prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95 (plus drinks, tax and tip).
But here’s the rub: In a quick survey of friends and family in the area, we know few people who take advantage of Restaurant Week. So what’s your damage? Why don’t you take advantage of these fabulous deals?
If fish sticks were a weeknight staple in your households growing-up, you’ll love Bon Apetit’s elevated version of this classic comfort food. (For those of you making this recipe tonight, double check that the fish is fresh before you buy it…sometimes certain stores don’t get deliveries on Sundays). The crisp, outer layer created by the panko breadcrumbs just may do the trick to get your kids to eat fish too while thinking their eating chicken fingers instead!
The fashion designer is coming to the Westchester next week, so we asked her advice on dressing up for date night.
March 8, 2014
Season after season, Texas native turned New Yorker Lela Rose continues to bring us effortless fashion that is totally wearable, especially for those rare occasions when we escape for an evening out or an adults only lunch with a friend. (A Lela Rose belted top that I own was the first thing I was most excited to wear after shedding my baby weight).
A hard working mom to boot, Lela was kind enough to share with us some essential style advice. She will be at Neiman Marcus at The Wescthester this Wednesday, March 12 at noon for a fashion presentation focusing on her Resort 2014 and Spring 2014 collections. Following the presentation will be a customer seated luncheon with the designer that Wee Westchester readers are invited to attend. (RSVP by calling 914-989-4904.) [...]
I first sampled Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($12) on the last night of our summer vacation last year, immediately snapping a photo of the bottle label so I wouldn’t forget the name. New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have been all the rage as of late, however Matua’s founders claim that they were the first to bring them to market producing their first bottle in 1974.
Although I typically crave a hearty glass of Cabernet or Chianti during the winter months, I have not been able to get this wine out of my mind and picked-up a few bottles recently. It’s everything you want in a crisp, white wine: beautiful hints of citrus paired with notes of tropical flavors. Call it your ‘Polar Vortex Medicine’.
Available at Westchester Wine Warehouse: 53 Tarrytown Road, White Plains; 914-824-1400
As we prepare to ‘spring ahead’ on Sunday, March 9 (don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead before bed on Saturday night), be sure to take-in one of these great events going on in Westchester this weekend. Don’t let the frigid temps fool you…warm, sunny days are ahead.
Photo Courtesy of Mama Smiles
We are super excited about a great event taking place at the Voracious Reader on Saturday, March 8 from 11am to 1pm called MamaCon & Papas Too! “This event is the opportunity to connect lots of wonderful new families with some of Westchester’s most supportive and nurturing resources,” says the Voracious Reader’s owner, Francine Lucidon. Designed for families with babies up to 10 months (expectant families are welcome too) there will experts on hand to teach you ways to connect with your little loves, including baby sign language with Debra Aronson, infant massage with Gabrielle Mason, baby yoga with Beth Gibney-Boulden, and of course reading with your baby with Francine. 1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont [...]
Paint a shamrock on your cheek, put on your green, and go cheer on the parade. Many of the parades are this weekend, like the White Plains parade (shown below) so dress warm and pick up a coffee on the way. Erin go Bragh[...]
Don't miss this one day only event at City Center 15: Cinema De Lux in White Plains.
March 4, 2014
NCM Fathom Events, Mr. Wolf, Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House invite you to journey to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells when the captivating Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty comes to the big screen in a special one-night ballet eventon Thursday, March 20 at 7:00pm at the City Center 15 De Lux in White Plains.Leave a comment to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the show!
When a wicked fairy places a fatal curse on the baby Princess Aurora, which the good Lilac Fairy softens to a sleep of 100 years, only a prince’s kiss can break the spell. Don’t miss Petipa’s classic story told through the enchantment of ballet! [...]
My friends and I are always engaging in friendly banter about who roasts the best rotisserie chicken in town. Loyalists swear to Costco’s plump juicy bird, while others tick off the varied flavors of the chickens at Fairway. But everyone has a strong opinion one way or the other. I’m curious: Who do you think roasts the best chicken?
What to Munch on While Watching the Red Carpet tonight.
March 2, 2014
Who doesn’t love Oscar night? The Huffington Post shared a compilation this week of some yummy ideas for what to serve whether you’ve invited a few girlfriends over or if you plan to be cozied up on your couch solo. Here are a couple of our favorites that we will be whipping-up. And the Oscar goes to…
Our mouths water just thinking about this savory popcorn nibble (if you prefer something sweet instead, they also share recipes for Twix Carmel Popcorn and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn). The recipe calls for Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt (if you don’t feel like making a grocery run, you can improvise by melting butter and mixing in olive oil and sea salt on your own), garlic, fresh rosemary, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and either air-popped, stovetop or microwaved popcorn, of course. Yum!
According to Food 52 Author Heather Baird, to make this treat “there’s no cooking or baking required and it’s made using simple pantry staples.” All you will need are the following ingredients: honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract, unsalted butter, powdered sugar, salt, instant non-fat dry milk powder, and wax paper. You’ll get about two dozen pieces of candy from this recipe, so if you have left overs wrap them up in some cellophane with beautiful ribbon and bring to your child’s teacher or surprise a friend.
Cheers to St. Patrick's Day with these spirited drinks.
March 1, 2014
Chef Arturo McLoed at Benjamin Steakhouse in White Plains is excited about St. Patrick’s Day. So excited, in fact, that he’s mixed up a couple of fun cocktails to mark the occasion. Here’s the super simple recipes. Clink!
Exquisite Baby Items and Gifts for Newborns and Up.
February 28, 2014
I discovered Sweet William when I was pregnant with my 18-month-old and have been hooked on their tasteful and understated baby items ever since. They offer everything from beautiful, embroidered bibs, nappies, hooded towels, cotton blankets, and pillow shams to coverlet sets, diaper bags, diaper stackers, receiving caps, cradle bedding, moses baskets, crib bedding, and Christmas stockings.
All of Sweet William’s bedding and accessories are unique patterns that you will not find anywhere else in the country. “We import our fabric from Portugal and ship it to our workroom where the majority of our items are hand made,” says owner Melissa Iraggi. “Because we make the bedding here, we have the ability to custom make items which gives us the flexibility to switch a design up to fit a client’s taste,” she adds. [...]
You know winter is nearly over when we’re tapping maple trees. At Teatown Lake Reservation, they’ve already tapped seventy of the maples, and they’re hosting Sugaring Sundays on March 1 and March 8. “It’s our reminder that the seasons are changing and spring is just around the corner,” says Phyllis Bock, the director of education [...]
Jennifer Garry, who blogs at Cuddles and Chaos, covers Northern Westchester for Wee Westchester. I don’t know about you, but this winter has kicked my butt. Between the freezing temperatures, the seemingly endless snow and the stomach virus that just won’t go away, I am one burnt out momma. I’ve collected tons of ideas for [...]
Crop tops, fringed jackets, embellished shorts. Models at New York’s Spring Fashion Week strutted the runways donning lots of new style trends to come. Are you fashion forward enough to try any out? <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/7824128/”>What Spring 2014 Runway Style Are You Most Excited to Try?</a>
I’m about to share my biggest dinner secret: One pot, slow-cooker carnitas. Best of all, it’s the easiest dinner you’ll make all week. Here’s the deal. Drop a 4 to 5 pound boneless pork shoulder or butt roast into your slow cooker, and pour in a packet of Chef Rick Bayliss’s Garlicky Carnitas Sauce on top. [...]
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